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Soldier targeted in attack and one shooter have died
“How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” (Revelation 6:10, NKJV) Only God knows the appointed time, place, and method of our death. I occasionally joke with my family about wanting to go out as a hero, stopping a terrorist and saving thousands of lives, pushing a child from the path of an oncoming car, stepping in front of a bullet meant for someone with young children to raise. But what about a martyr’s death? I rarely
Robert O. Lopez is openly bisexual, although he has a wife and two children. Raised by lesbian parents, the Cal State-Northridge English professor advocates civil unions and foster parenting for homosexual couples. But because he opposes homosexual couples raising children of their own, he has been blacklisted by pro-LGBT organizations like the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and GLAAD.  HRC featured Lopez in its “Export of Hate” report and in a recent email sent to its members. The
This article is the 14th in the White House Wednesday series   by The World and Everything in It  looking at potential 2016 candidates for president. Earlier installments profiled Republicans Rick Perry , Bobby Jindal , Paul Ryan ,   Rand Paul , Jeb Bush , Ted Cruz , Chris Christie , Mitt Romney , and Rick Santorum , and Democrats   Elizabeth Warren , Joe Biden , Andrew Cuomo , Martin O’Malley, Jim Webb, and Bernie Sanders . Oftentimes, long-shot candidates for president will run knowing even if they
They say the Enlightenment is what caused Christian colleges like Harvard, Williams, Bowdoin, Middlebury, and Amherst to fall from grace. I have never entirely bought that proposition. It is not that I dispute the identity of the proximate irritant to faith; I dispute whether the Enlightenment could have made a dent in the faith if the faith had been firmly established. Harvard, of course, was founded in 1636 by Puritan Congregationalists for the purpose of training ministers. One of the
A California nonprofit helps immigrant detainees tell their stories of isolation, suffering, and abuse
Autopsy analysis. An article in today’s St. Louis Post–Dispatch claims Michael Brown, the unarmed teen shot in Ferguson, Mo., in August, may have gone for officer Darren Wilson’s gun during an altercation. After looking at the official autopsy report, experts told the newspaper a wound on Brown’s thumb indicates it was near Wilson’s gun when he fired. Material in the wound was consistent with a shot fired at very close range. Judy Melinek, a forensic pathologist in San Francisco,
The mother of a U.S. Marine veteran imprisoned in Mexico for six months after making a wrong turn at the border pleaded earlier this month with lawmakers for his return, saying her son’s condition is rapidly worsening.  Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi—a 26-year-old combat veteran who served two tours in Afghanistan and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder—has deteriorated since being locked up almost seven months ago on gun charges. In an emotional congressional hearing on Oct.
The beloved quadriplegic and disability activist takes the American church to task for trying to eliminate suffering from the Christian life
In just two weeks, the constant attack ads, robo-calls and campaign postcards in voters’ mailboxes will come to a sudden, blissful end, except in Georgia and Louisiana. The U.S. Senate races in those states have the potential to go on past the first Tuesday in November and might be in play into December or even January. Georgia and Louisiana employ a runoff system. If no candidate captures at least 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters meet in a final election. In Louisiana,
A researcher for the Chinese government announced last week that all couples in China will be allowed to have a second child in two years, the latest easing of the 1979 one-child policy, according to Bloomberg. While the modification is a step forward, critics believe the country’s issues of gender imbalance, a shrinking labor force, and forced abortions won’t be solved until the family planning policy is abolished and Chinese society begins to value life. “People wish to choose the
Catholic bishops changed course on their softening tone on gays and divorcees Saturday in a final report released by the Synod on the Family, a two-week gathering of Catholic leaders called by Pope Francis to discuss matters of marriage and family. A draft report published last week took an accepting stance towards homosexuality, divorce, and cohabitation, issues on which the Vatican has historically stood fast. Traditional Catholic doctrine calls homosexual sex “intrinsically
North Korea has released American detainee Jeffrey Fowle, who was arrested there nearly six months ago, the State Department said Tuesday. Fowle, 56, of Miamisburg, Ohio, was accused of leaving a Bible at a nightclub in the northern port city of Chongjin, which would have violated the rules of his tourist visa. He had not yet undergone trial, unlike two other Americans still being held in North Korea. Fowle flew out of North Korea on a U.S. government jet that Associated Press journalists
Houston recently passed an ordinance through its city council that has sparked quite a bit of controversy amongst conservative evangelicals. The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), a broad-sweeping, left-leaning law trumpeted by the City of Houston and its openly homosexual mayor, Annise Parker, is supposed to protect gay, lesbian, and transgender people from discrimination. All well and good, but according to the Independent Journal Review, the ordinance to ensure nondiscrimination,
Despite a resurgence of hot-button topics for Republicans, Democrats continue to defy odds and keep races close
Relief in Dallas. The Department of Homeland Security announced this morning that travelers from Ebola-impacted countries in West Africa must arrive at one of five airports when coming to the United States. Those airports will have enhanced screening to try to stop a person with the Ebola virus from exposing the general public to the disease. As dozens of Dallas residents emerge from quarantine, declared free from the Ebola virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
My husband lost a week’s pay. It must have fallen out of his pocket at the hardware store. He waited a week to tell me because he feared my reaction. My reaction was to pray immediately, telling God that we trust Him with the finances, and thanking Him for the way He always provides for us. I’m sharing this story not for my glory but for His. First of all, as my husband noted, I wouldn’t have responded that way in the past. It is God’s perfecting in me—working with my
People with different ability levels need the arts, and the arts need them, too
San Francisco outfielder Travis Ishikawa doesn’t recall rounding the bases after hitting a three-run, walk-off home run Thursday night that beat the St. Louis Cardinals and sent the Giants to the World Series. “The next thing I remember was being thrown down with my jersey ripped off, and then, finally, I was just so out of breath from yelling and screaming, and I had to have guys help me stand back up to finish celebrating,” he said following the 6-3 win in Game 5 in the National
Under a city ordinance, pastors who operate a wedding chapel business can’t refuse to perform same-sex marriages
With the midterm elections just two weeks away, President Obama should reflect soberly on his approval ratings, the lowest of his presidency, which indicate a trust deficit that will preclude any meaningful accomplishments in his closing two years in the White House. He assured us during the Obamacare debate, “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” Whether or not he knew this would not be true, a leader should not promise things he has reason to believe he can’t
I’m a fair-weather sports fan, meaning I get excited about a team only when they’re winning. But not just  any  team—there has to be some personal connection, whether geography or cultural heritage or knowing someone whose second cousin once wrote dispatches from the press box. All of which is to say that I have not closely followed the Kansas City Royals’ up-and-down history and only started paying attention to them this year when everyone else did. But we have a
The father and son team talk about a new initiative to bring Dr. Dobson's wisdom to the next generation
In a village nestled in the rice paddies of Buan, South Korea, in the spring of 1999, I was in my mother-in-law’s house watching my husband die of cancer. I spoke tourist Korean, she spoke grade-school English, and in any case neither of us had much to say. But all day long—as she cooked, as she scrubbed clothes on a washboard outside, as she swept out the room with a broom—I heard my husband’s mother repeat, almost inaudibly, as if I were not even in the room: “Chu-nim …
Wrongful death sentence. An appeals court in Pakistan last week upheld the death sentence for a Christian mother accused of insulting the prophet Muhammad. Asia Bibi, a mother of five, has been in jail since 2009, when some of her Muslim co-workers in a field asked her to fetch water. They then told her it was unclean, to which she claims to have responded, “Are we not all humans?” She was convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to death by hanging in 2010. She plans to appeal the
A Syrian priest has been released by his abductors and is “optimistic” even though he is not allowed to leave the country until he has met with an Islamic religious leader. Militants connected to al-Nusra Front kidnapped Father Hanna Jallouf, a Franciscan priest, along with about 20 of his parishioners in Knayeh, Syria, on Oct. 5, Asia News reported. Jallouf was the last of the group to be freed. While his kidnappers did not explain why they abducted him, Agence France Presse (AFP)
After weeks of air attacks by U.S. forces in Iraq and Syria, the high profile fight against Islamic State militants finally has a name: Operation Inherent Resolve. A spokesman for Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, announced the name Wednesday at the Pentagon. Interestingly, that name was originally rejected by the Pentagon weeks ago, according to a Wall Street Journal report. It apparently was a placeholder name but was never seriously considered at the time. “It
Off the kiddie coaster. Last week we talked about the stock market’s roller coaster behavior, but we’ve been on a kiddie coaster compared to the week gone by. Since mid-September, the Dow is down more than 1,000 points, but half of that decline has been in the past week. Lots of 100- and 200- and even a few 300-point days for the Dow. No cause for panic. Last week I also said these gyrations and declines created no reason to panic. I still feel that way. The markets have been setting
HONG KONG: Pro-democracy demonstrations entered a third week in Hong Kong, and the weekend brought clashes between the student-led protesters and police. Dozens of people were injured over the weekend, but leaders from each side said they would proceed with planned talks on Tuesday night. The demonstrators want free elections to choose the city’s next leader. Chinese officials insist on pre-approving candidates. Meanwhile, church leaders in Hong Kong remain divided over whether to
Deadspin, a sports website owned by Gawker Media, is “liberal, sarcastic, and humorous,” according to Wikipedia—and that combination was one more nail in the coffin of liberal media credibility on Thursday. Deadspin reported that Cory Gardner, the Colorado GOP Senate candidate, lied when he talked about playing football in high school. Its source: a 77-year-old former teacher at Gardner’s school who purportedly told Deadspin (and ex– Washington Post ) reporter Dave McKenna that
Should evangelicals support the state of Israel because it has a divine right to the land? Andrée Seu Peterson and John Piper have different perspectives
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Richie Furay now pastors a church in Broomfield, Colo.
Steffany Gretzinger is a heartfelt singer-songwriter who combines the jazz crooning of Madeleine Peyroux and Norah Jones with a few diving swoops, a la Joni Mitchell. The emotion is palpable in her debut album, perhaps because just before recording it she discovered she was pregnant with her first child. (Turns out both her creations debuted at about the same time.)   Gretzinger explains that The Undoing is about how “this whole life is full of process—it’s the process of being
UPDATE (5:30 p.m. EDT): Wyoming must comply with a ruling by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that allows the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples, a federal judge announced today. U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl stayed his ruling until next Thursday to give the state time to appeal the decision before it goes into effect. An appeal has little chance of success, however, given that the 10th Circuit has already ruled on the issue and the Supreme Court
In the past couple of decades, memorization, aka “rote learning,” has become as unpopular an educational method as the use of the paddle. Rote learning conjures up images of strict schoolmarms smacking students’ hands for neglecting to learn their times tables or the Gettysburg Address, and that anecdotal picture has obscured the many benefits of memorization. It’s sad, because the only things I recall from school are the things I memorized: times tables, algebra’s FOIL, Bible
But other demands remain in place, making the revision meaningless, pastors’ lawyers say
You may have heard about a little trade that happened in the NBA this summer when the Minnesota Timberwolves sent Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers for a package that included Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, and two No. 1 draft picks. It was an unprecedented trade because of the amount of young talent the Wolves received for one of the game’s top players. It’s also just the kind of trade that gets a beaten-down fan base—Timberwolves fans like me—excited. What talent! What
When I first read the story of a wrongful birth lawsuit in Illinois, I could not believe my eyes. I thought it was a cruel parody, then I found out it wasn’t. About three years ago, a lesbian couple in Ohio wanted a child, so they contacted a sperm bank in Illinois. But according to columnist Mitch Albom, even though the couple selected donor No. 380, a white, blonde-haired, blue-eyed man, apparently someone misread the number as 330, which was an African-American donor. Now the women
FREEDOM FOR CHIBOK GIRLS?: The Nigerian government claims it has reached a ceasefire agreement with the terrorist group Boko Haram and says the militants have agreed to release the kidnapped schoolgirls from Chibok on Monday. We hope this report is true but will believe it when we see results, especially after the Nigerian government faced heavy criticism in April for publishing untrue claims that most of the girls had been released shortly after their kidnapping. Still, according to a
Apple and Facebook have announced they will offer insurance coverage for infertility treatments, sperm donation, and egg freezing, igniting a debate about the wisdom of encouraging women to try to hit snooze on their biological clocks. The Silicon Valley companies hope the move will draw more women to a largely male-dominated field.  Women are marrying and having children later in life. A 2011 Pew Research study found women’s average marrying age has increased to almost 27 years
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